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    • apprentice tycoon
    • By apprentice tycoon 22nd Apr 05, 7:09 PM
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    dental floss - great for sewing
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    • 22nd Apr 05, 7:09 PM
    dental floss - great for sewing 22nd Apr 05 at 7:09 PM
    I don't know if this has come up before but I'm going for it anyway - dental floss is almost unbreakable so it's perfect for jobs where strength is more important than colour - I have just used it to repair a handle on my PVC shopper
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    • elona
    • By elona 22nd Apr 05, 8:05 PM
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    That is a really good idea.
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    • 22nd Apr 05, 9:51 PM
    I mended the cutlery basket in my dishwasher which was letting knives fall through and stopping the arm going round- just sew dental floss backwards and forwards to fill the gap. Also those plastic plant ties/elctrical ties work well
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    • 22nd Apr 05, 11:16 PM
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    • 22nd Apr 05, 11:16 PM
    I mended the cutlery basket in my dishwasher which was letting knives fall through and stopping the arm going round- just sew dental floss backwards and forwards to fill the gap. Also those plastic plant ties/elctrical ties work well
    by maryb
    I have the same problem with my dishwasher basket at the mo. I was looking on ebay to buy another one but i think i will try the dental floss first , thanks tons you've just saved me at least a fiver
    • squeaky
    • By squeaky 9th Aug 05, 1:08 PM
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    • 9th Aug 05, 1:08 PM
    If those tied on bits come free and bind up your pump it would cost you a whole lot more. As temporary measures they are fine.

    Better still find something made of plastic (even if it has no holes in) and cut it to fit snugly into the bottom of the basket.

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    • 9th Aug 05, 2:39 PM
    dental floss is great! I definatly agree with you. I make miniature needle felted cats and bears for a hobby, and I use dental floss to joint the arms and legs to the bodies instead of using wire and cotter pins.
    It is so so strong and cheap too.
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    • 9th Aug 05, 2:49 PM
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    • 9th Aug 05, 2:49 PM
    and as it has a slightly shiny texture to it, its very easy to remove from fabric. I used to use it as tacking thread when i was making stuff for people and doing a fitting, as it is minty, it is unusal and a bit of a talking point, and slides right out of the fabric as desired
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    • 9th Aug 05, 3:01 PM
    I don't know if it would be flexible enough......but fishing line is very strong too.

    You can buy it in differing thicknesses or breaking strengths.......designed to cope with landing Nile sized fish (1lb or less) or Nile's brother's fish (over 3lb) and even heavier breaking strains.

    It would be useful to thread beads on to for a necklace.

    Personally, I get fed up with buttons falling off jackets so I sew them back on with fishing line instead of cotton thread.........they never fall off again.
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    • 10th Aug 05, 3:51 PM
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    Where are you picking up this fishing line from? I wouldn't know where to look for it.
    • squeaky
    • By squeaky 10th Aug 05, 4:25 PM
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    Any fishing tackle shop - check your yellow pages
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    • Savvy_Sue
    • By Savvy_Sue 10th Aug 05, 10:50 PM
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    Do you not find that the floss frays easily though? Don't laugh, I tried using it to help cure ingrown toenails (on the advice of a chiropodist, who suggested packing thin bits of cotton wool round the corners and down the sides), but it just frayed away to nothing and was hopeless!

    Although I have to say for buttons I always use Button Thread and that is also very strong, worth having a reel each of black and white, and I've also had waxed thread, which is good for leather.
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    • apprentice tycoon
    • By apprentice tycoon 10th Aug 05, 11:16 PM
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    Hi Savvy, I used stuff called dental tape for the repair on the handle, it's a bit thicker than the normal floss.
  • KK
    sewing thread
    My hubby uses fishing line for shop display work, e.g. hanging baubles and garlands up at Christmas time. I have never thought of using dental floss as thread - shall try it on my homemade cards tonight for stringing beads onto cards. Another tip for buttons, is to dab a bit of clear nail polish onto the threads of a new garment and in theory the button should never unravel. Same nail polish can also be used for stopping small holes in opaque tights from getting bigger (only any use of the bits that don't show like heels or crotches!!)
  • janjan
    dental floss.
    I saw my cousin use dental floss to fix the handle on a dog lead and was facinated. The rope handle had come undone and so the lead was basically a rope. He bound the end round and tied it very tight and even when the dog pulled on the lead it stayed bound. As it is waxed you can seal it with heat too so it won't come undone. He said he used it when he worked on boats as it was strong and you could have a lot of it just in your pocket rather than in big reels.
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